IRL: IMS FanFest - Mar. 04, 1997

For Immediate Release INDY FANFEST RETURNS IN '97; VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW INDIANAPOLIS, March 5, 1997 -- Indy FanFest, a free, family, fun- filled, racing-oriented theme park on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor...

For Immediate Release

INDY FANFEST RETURNS IN '97; VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW

INDIANAPOLIS, March 5, 1997 -- Indy FanFest, a free, family, fun- filled, racing-oriented theme park on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will return this year during the month of May, Speedway officials announced today. The 500 Festival and Indiana Sports Corporation are seeking volunteers interested in participating at the 12-day event, which will take place May 9 - 12 (first weekend of qualifying), May 16 - 18 (second weekend of qualifying), and May 22 - 25 (race weekend).

"Indy FanFest has been extremely well-received during the course of its first two years," said Lee Gardner, Indy FanFest's executive director. "We're planning to expand on the positive experiences we've had by improving popular attractions and creating new elements for visitors and families to encounter while they're at the track."

The 1997 Indy FanFest theme park line-up of original attractions includes the return of the very popular children's "Mini Indy" pedal car race on a miniature Indy oval. Also returning is the live "Victory Lane" ceremony where you are a part of the winner's celebration as the Indy 500 champion. New to this year's experience will be "Lap Leader" where guests will compete in interactive race car simulators. Other attractions include a sweepstakes for a chance to win an Oldsmobile Cutlass, live appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, autograph sessions with IRL drivers, racing and automotive displays, retail and food courts and continuous live entertainment.

Volunteers who want to be a part of the exciting FanFest atmosphere may call the Volunteer Hotline at 317/237-3414 for applications. Volunteer opportunities include greeting visitors, presenting attractions, assisting with event operations and interacting with the crowd dressed up as race car drivers or race officials. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up early while schedules are available to request the shifts and assignments they prefer.

"Participating in Indy FanFest as a volunteer is an opportunity to be directly involved in events at the track in May," said Elizabeth Kraft-Meek, executive director of the Festival. "With twelve days of activities this year, we hope to recruit as many as 1,000 volunteers to fill all our shifts and give both new and returning volunteers a chance to be a part of the '500' experience."

All Indy FanFest volunteers receive a free benefits package for working a minimum of three shifts at the theme park. The package includes an Indy FanFest polo shirt and hat, food vouchers, free admission and parking on work days and an invitation to the Thank You party during race week. Volunteers who work six or more shifts receive an additional package containing two one-day Speedway grounds passes, two tickets to the 1997 Comfort Classic at the Brickyard championship golf tournament at the Speedway, a commemorative Indy FanFest pin, and a commemorative Indianapolis 500 pin.

Indy FanFest is presented by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. Admission to the theme park is free with admission to the Speedway grounds.

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